Winner: Guitar Hero II
Red Octane | PlayStation 2
Everybody's got a dream. Some people dream of curing cancer. Some dream of scoring the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl. And some dream of being flagged down by an out-of-gas and horny, "hey-you're-kinda-cute-I'll-do-anything-for-a-ride" Elisha Cuthbert.
Those are specific examples, but even if you don't worry about cancer, don't like football and somehow don't dig the Girl Next Door, there's one universal fantasy almost everyone on the globe shares. It's the dream of having the power, ability and opportunity to step onstage and single-handedly (or maybe with a friend) make an entire stadium full of people go bat-shit crazy.
And that's what makes Guitar Hero II so fantastic: it makes that dream come true. It completely convinces you that you are undoubtedly the sexiest, guitar shredding-est, hardest rocking and partying badass on the planet.
In short, it makes you feel cooler than you could ever possibly be in real life. Unless you actually already are a touring concert guitarist with money to burn and long lines of babes (or beefcake, if you prefer) throwing their clothes at you. In which case, can you maybe introduce us to Elisha Cuthbert?
Honorable mention: Dead Rising
Capcom | Xbox 360
With an infinite supply of zombies and a mall bursting with ways to slaughter them, from shotguns and chainsaws to park benches and bowling balls, it's every zombie movie in history come gorily, satisfyingly true.